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Five Political Essay Topics

1. Foundation of the Separation of Church and State

  • Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
  • Assassination attempt of King James I and Members of Parliament because of the repression of Catholics by the ruling Protestant regime.
  • The influence of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes on the US Founding Fathers, notably Presidents Jefferson and Monroe interpretations of the separation of secular and non-secular institutions.

2. The Subversion of the US Constitution by the Government 

  • The premise of the Constitution and the associated Bill of Rights is to limit the power of the government and that the government exists by the consent of the governed.
  • The usurpation of rights by an ever-more powerful government constitutes tyranny.
  • Individual freedom is sacrificed for the illusion of government-ensured security.
  • Contrast and compare with the Patriot Act 

3. Taxation with Representation 

  • The Mast Tree Riots of New Hampshire and the Boston Tea Party in protest of the English government-mandated taxes.
  • The first direct tax - payable only in hard currency - the Stamp Act was mandated by a government deeply in debt.
  • The Declaratory Act, which asserted England's right to rule and tax the Colonies.
  • Compare with the protests of the current Tea Party movement in the US today. 

4. Freedom of Speech on the Air

  • Radio Free Europe was established to counter the government-controlled airwaves behind the Iron Curtain.
  • Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe still exist today
  • From inception, RFE/RL was funded and supervised by the CIA. Funding from the CIA ceased in 1972 -- Compare and contrast the current proposal for US government-controlled radio broadcasts by the provisions in the so-called Fairness Doctrine and the proposed Broadcaster Freedom Act. 

5. Is Congress Cooking the Books?

  • There are several budgets currently used by the US government to determine spending and deficits.
  • Omissions of significant expenditures which lead to confusion at the least and constitute criminal embezzlement at the most.
  • Explain and discuss the various accounting methods used including unfunded mandates, and “lock box” trust funds.
  • Compare and contrast with Ponzi schemes.